NIRVCNottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture

Space, Place and Visuality

A symposium entitled: ‘Space, Place and Visuality’ organised by the Department of Art History and Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture (NIRVC) will take place on 11th July 2007 at the University of Nottingham. This symposium forms part of wider series of events taking place during WJT Mitchell’s Leverhulme Visiting Professorship. Also taking part in the plenary discussions will be Professor David Peters Corbett of the University of York.

The aim of the workshop is to encourage cross-disciplinary discussion on contemporary theories of space and place with specific reference to ‘altered landscapes’.  Although most often considered in terms of American landscape, papers are sought which look at altered landscapes both in and beyond the United States, drawing on but not restricted to themes such as:  home/dwelling/; identity; transience; location and sense of place;  non-place; and the sublime. Papers are to be presented in the morning, followed by discussion session in the afternoon. WJT Mitchell will be in attendance throughout the day as an active participant. The symposium is free (no lunch/refreshments but there is a café in the building). Organiser: Dr Mark Rawlinson, Department of Art History, University of Nottingham.


1045-1100 Registration/Welcome – Lakeside Arts Centre Foyer
1100-1230 Emma Cocker (Nottingham Trent University, Fine Art), ‘The Art of Misdirection: Anti-guides and Aimless Wandering’   John Fagg (University of Nottingham, Department of American Studies), ‘ “Unguided” Tours: William Gropper’s Depression Era Travelogues’   María del Pilar Blanco (New York University, Comparative Literature), ‘“Restless analysis” and adventure stories: the landscapes of modern simultaneity in José Martí and Henry James’
1230-1330 LUNCH in Café L
1330-1500 Maggie Jackson (University of Chester, Art History) and Jeremy Turner (University of Chester, Fine Art), ‘In Praise of Gawping: North Lincolnshire, a Topographical Study’   Kevin Hunt (University of Nottingham, Department of American Studies), 'Signs and Structures in Ashcan School Urban Realism'   Simon Dell (UEA, Art Studies and Museology), ‘The End of Modernism and the Altered Landscape of the 1960s’
1500-1515 COFFEE
1515-1615 Plenary: WJT Mitchell (University of Chicago, Professor of English and Art History), David Peters Corbett (University of York, Professor of Art History) and Mark Rawlinson (University of Nottingham)



Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture

University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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